How to Apply

Further to recent consultation with colleges, partners and stakeholders regarding the AoC Charitable Awards, we are considering a range of proposals and changes for the future. This is to ensure the awards continue to be relevant and highly regarded and reflect the crucial role that colleges have in delivering high quality, responsive and relevant education and training that support the aspirations and needs of students and employers.

We will keep colleges and partners updated on progress and our aim is to launch the prospectus of awards later this year.


The AoC Beacon Awards offer colleges the opportunity to showcase the many inspiring and innovative ways they support students, staff and communities.

The awards have grown to represent the very best approaches that FE colleges are adopting to meet the skills needs of local employers and the career aspirations of their students.

Applying for the AoC Beacon Awards can result in a number of benefits:

  • Colleges have the opportunity to reflect on the successful approaches they have developed to teaching and learning, as well as review the positive impact that they have on their students.
  • Shortlisted colleges have a greater opportunity to showcase the ways in which they are inspiring and supporting their students.

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